The Actress (Quilter)

by  Peter Quilter

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 5f

The Actress dramatises the events backstage as a colourful, complicated actress makes her emotional farewell performance. Various people from her life invade her dressing room to say their goodbyes, declare their love, roar with laughter, spit insults, grab a final embrace, and renew old battles.

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The Actress (Quilter)

by  Peter Quilter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 5f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

“The last show is always a very strange affair. It’s like a party, a great buzz of excitement. But then each actor will leave, with laughter still ringing in the air and a cheery wave. Then it stops. And as you watch each of them walk down the street, they look terribly lonely. That’s the thing about it, you see. After all the applause and elation, we walk home alone. And that’s who actors are - the happiest, saddest people you’ll ever meet.”

A touching and hilarious comedy about an actress making her farewell performance...

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Performing Groups

  • Dinner Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A dressing room. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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